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Mother, Grandmother, Friend, Health Activist now Health Consumer
On 9 October 2015, following a CT scan, I was confronted with the fact that I had pancreatic cancer and that it had spread. Although I knew very little about pancreatic cancer, I knew enough to know that I had just received a death sentence. I really had no other option but to begin my dance with Mr D. I have decided to write about what is happening to me as a way of processing the awful truth that my life is about to end, and also to help my family and friends share the journey with me in whatever way they choose.

About Me

I am 65 years old, the mother of 5 children and the grandmother of 6 grandchildren. I was fortunate enough to find my work in the world in my late 20s, and for over 35 years I have worked in the women’s health community as a women’s health activist. I believe there is still a great deal to be done to improve the very complex health system that we now have, and I was looking forward to another decade or two of working on it. However, this is not to be.

Latest Posts

Lynda’s Funeral

Shortly after Lynda died on Thursday the 6th of July, a major thunderstorm rolled in that rocked Auckland for the rest of the day. As her son-in-law Joseph was tucking his kids in that night, both frightened by the storm, he muttered “Move along Lynda,... read more

Memorial articles to Lynda

There have been some lovely memorial articles in the two main national news sites. The New Zealand Herald read more

Lynda 11-03-1950 to 06-07-2017

Mum died at 1:24pm today at home surrounded by all her 5 children. A celebration of her life will be held @ 1pm on Monday 10th of July, at Landsendt, 108 Parker Road, Oratia. All are welcome. Bangles may be worn. UPDATE: The venue at Landsendt is outdoors, so please... read more